Wednesday, April 24, 2013
New Thoughts from the Old Bible
Stress can get the better of me sometimes. Times are really tough and whenever I sit and look at our finances it is so easy to get caught up in the what-if's and the oh-no's and the I-can't-do-anything's...but then I remember the last part of this. Rejoice in hope! Even a little ray of hope is worth rejoicing over. And I also remember this talk from the last conference by Bruce D. Porter. It was a great reminder to fear not!
This past weekend we had a local street fair where local businesses set up booths for people to walk along and support one another. I went partly because my son's dance class had a booth and were planning a dance party/performance that afternoon. Along the street there was a woman advertising for positive thinking classes and workshops. Her little reminder about positive thinking bringing positive results and good things coming to those who are optimistic and waiting for good things, well, it was rather timely for me.
Coming back to this little scripture I decorated, well, I didn't even realize my one little word was a part of this either. Rule with diligence. Makes me want to smile actually. How many times have I wanted to give up ruling my household with my three little gremlins running around destroying everything. Deep breathes. Be diligent.
Every part of this strikes me as a new way of thinking. Which is odd, because really...how old is the bible? But giving simply is such a neat and wonderful idea in our modern world where everything is subject to embellishment and undervalued without the bells and whistles on display. But really, it's always the most simple gifts that mean the most.
And mercy. I'd never really thought about how showing mercy could be a cheerful thing. Sometimes being merciful means being forgiving even when the offender isn't even that sorry. It can be really hard to be cheerful when showing mercy, I think. But I think there is something quite godlike and angelic about being merciful with a smile on my face. It's really kicking out that natural man in a way I had never contemplated before.
To be fervently serving...hm. Well, fervently. It makes me think of a bright or hot flame. The dictionary says fervently means having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm; ardent, passionate. Wow. Serving fervently seems pretty neat. And I didn't even realize how much the yellow color I used for that adds to the meaning. I love how sometimes it seems like I am guided without even knowing it. I love it when I am shown in God's synchronicities that He has a plan for me.
Dissimulation means hypocrisy. So to love without any pretense, feigning nothing. Just honestly loving. On the surface, this may seem like an easy thing in the home. But under the surface I think sometimes everyone struggles with that. Being genuinely kind and loving to someone. Showing love without pretending or trying too hard. Being unconditional and letting go of expectations.
So much from just one little scripture. Those words are truly from God as a gift to us to help us along the way. What a powerful thing language is. Definitions of word expounding on our understanding and knowledge of the truth. Just utterances that could at one point be meaningless but when paired with ideas and given meaning and then put together in sentences...awe. Ok I'm letting that grammary-English-passion-of-the-dorks person out again. (Glimpse into the real me...gheesh.) I'll leave you to your own thoughts. :)